Shropshire Council today published the list of candidates for the town and parish council elections on 4 May. In Ludlow, there are 14 candidates standing for 15 seats in seven wards. Eight candidates will be elected unopposed. A further three will need to be co-opted after the election.
There are more candidates standing than four years ago. All but one of the current 15 councillors were either elected unopposed or co-opted. But only three of the current candidates are new to the council, the rest are sitting councillors. I am disappointed with this, particularly after the efforts by the town council and the People’s Alliance for Ludlow to attract new blood.
Elections will now take place in two wards. Candidates in five wards will be elected unopposed.
Current councillors: Rose Jones, Paul Kemp
Candidates: Rose Jones
Jones will be elected unopposed with one seat vacant.
Clee View Ward
Current councillors: Shirley Newbold, Colin Sheward
Candidates: Colin Sheward
Sheward will be elected unopposed with one seat vacant.
Current councillors: Glen Ginger, Vivienne Parry
Candidates: Glen Ginger, Robin Pote
Ginger and Pote will be elected unopposed.
Gallows Bank Ward
Current councillors: Adrian Cobley, Graeme Perks, Vacancy
Candidates: Adrian Cobley, Vivienne Parry, Graeme Perks.
Cobley, Parry and Perks will be elected unopposed.
Current councillors: Mark Clarke, James Newbold
Candidates: Mark Clarke, Erica Garner, Kevin Newbold
Election 4 May.
Current councillors: Paul Draper, Di Lyle
Candidates: Di Lyle.
Lyle will be elected unopposed with one seat vacant.
Current councillors: Tim Gill, Jim Smithers
Candidates: Tim Gill, Nicola Paton, Jim Smithers
Election 4 May.